St Etienne have been buoyed by the news that forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to stay at the club. The 22 year-old Gabon international had been loaned in consecutive seasons by AC Milan to Dijon, Lille, Monaco and now St Etienne, but it seems the player has now found somewhere he would like to continue his career. He told Gabonese press:
“For me, it’s clear. I hope I’ll sign here (for St Etienne). We have started discussions so we’ll see what happens… I need to find some stability. There are other clubs who talk with my father but my priority is to sign here. I’ve grown attached to this club. There’s a great atmosphere, the stadium, the history of the club and I get along with the staff too.”
It is clear that the player needs to find some sort of stability in his career as, at the age of just 22, he has yet to feature for his parent club despite being loaned to France regularly.
Jean Tigana is set to be named the new manager of Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. The ex-Bordeaux manager will arrive in China on Saturday to oversee the final touches to his contract with the club. This also means that he will be joined by Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who recently announced that he would be joining the side in the January transfer window.
A bad night for France in Europe. Despite the heroics of the Champions League with Marseille and Lyon overcoming the odds to qualify for the knockout stages, neither PSG nor Rennes will contest the knockout stages of the Europa League. Rennes were already knocked out of the competition but PSG will not progress, even in spite of a 4-2 victory over Basque side Athletic Bilbao last night. This news will almost certainly affect the co-efficient ranking of France in the coming years.